The University of Kentucky is opening its first office devoted full-time to the concerns of the LGBTQ community on campus. Created by UK's Office of Institutional Diversity, the Office of LGBTQ Resources is aimed at creating a more inclusive environment for UK's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer population.
The office's director, Lance Poston, is starting his new role with a series of events for students. The first will be a panel discussion of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 is scheduled for noon Thursday in William T. Young Library. On Oct. 6 Kristen Beck, a transgender Navy Seal, will describe her transition and her advocacy focus. Later that month, an expert panel is being developed by Gender and Women's Studies to focus on the word queer.
"For the last 10 or 15 years, offices similar to this one have popped up, especially in leading institutions," Poston said. "I think the university has, for the last several years, had a re-evaluation of what it means to be a diverse and inclusive space."
The office will be located temporarily in Blazer Hall, then move to the new Student Center when it is completetd. For more information, go to www.uky.edu/Diversity/LGBTQ.